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Teen Driving

At 15 years old, teenagers are able to enroll in a Nevada Driver’s Education course. At 15 ½ years old, teenagers are able to obtain their Nevada Driver’s Permit after passing a vision and written test and can drive with a licensed driver, 21 years or older.  Teenagers must hold a valid Driver’s Permit for at least 6 months. At 16 years-old, if all requirements have been met, an application for a Nevada Driver’s License may be submitted and a teenager may take the Driving Skills Test.  

 

Teenagers must also show proof of:

  • Having successfully completed a Driver’s Education course
  • Having successfully completed 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving with at least 10 hours at night OR 100 hours of supervised experience if a Driver’s Education course was not available to you
  • No at-fault accidents in the preceding 6 months
  • No moving violations in the preceding 6 months
  • No alcohol or drug convictions, even if they are not driving-related, in the preceding 6 months


It may come as no surprise that teen drivers comprise a large population of the drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents.  For this reason, driving restrictions are placed on teen drivers for specified periods of time after a Nevada Driver’s License is issued to help ensure their safety and the safety of others:

  • For 6 months after a Nevada Driver’s License is issued, teen drivers may not transport any passengers under 18 years of age, unless that passenger is an immediate family member
  • Until a teen driver turns 18 years old, they are not permitted to drive between 10pm and 5am unless they are traveling to or from their place of employment or a school event

 

Parents/Guardians are asked to enforce these rules and to help their teens become responsible drivers.  A parent/guardian does have the right to request cancellation of a teen’s driver’s license at any time before they turn 18, and they are encouraged to do so if the teen is exhibiting dangerous or careless driving behavior.  This may be a difficult task for a parent/guardian, as no one wants to deny their teen the freedoms they have come to love as a teen driver; however, if they abuse this privilege, they should lose this privilege, and a parent/guardian may be the only adult aware of a teen’s behavior and the only adult in a position to do something to correct it. 

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